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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

What is STEM?

STEM education is the learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary or integrated approach. Students gain and apply knowledge, deepen their understanding and develop creative and critical thinking skills within an authentic context. It may include inquiry and project-based learning.

A vibrant capacity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is pivotal to increasing our nation's productivity.

"Australia's STEM teachers at all levels, from primary to tertiary, must be equipped to deliver course content with confidence and inspiration, and develop all students to their full potential. Curricula and assessment criteria should prioritise curiosity-driven and problem-based learning of STEM - STEM as it is practised - alongside the subject specific knowledge that STEM requires."

Professor Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia's Future 2014

The STARportal makes the connections to STEM learning activities that inspire young people to explore, discover, and create.

The STARportal is Australia's first centralised national portal for exciting and engaging STEM activities from around the country. This searchable database connects parents, students and teachers with their local and online STEM activities in real time.

The STARportal has been a collaboration between the Office of the Chief Scientist, Engineers Australia, Telstra, AMSI, BHP Billiton and the Commonwealth Bank, in consultation with the Department of Education to ensure all Australian families have access to any and all STEM outreach activities in their area and online.